Christophe Pichon St. Joseph Blanc 2018

2018
White Rhone Blend
Christophe Pichon
$33.00

Minimum purchase 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 or more & $6/bottle for 6.

Our tasting impressions

Every year we think the Saint Joseph Blanc has topped out and then the next vintage comes along. Enter 2018 and WOW! The nose seems endlessly fascinating. On the palate, there is still some work to done by further bottle age to pull it all together, but already it can make your knees weak. An utterly engaging wine with great presence. Yes, the price has edged up but the quality is far outpacing it.

 

About this wine

Saint Joseph is gaining in popularity and respect as a result of a new generation of winemakers with incredible commitment to elevating the quality of the wines from this appellation.

95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne from a 2-hectare site with granite soil, mid to top of slope. The yield is 40 hl/ha. The grapes are handpicked and the wine spends ten months in up to three-year old oak barrels.

 

About the grape blend

Marsanne and Roussanne are frequently blended in the Northern Rhône. Marsanne contributes body, richness, sweetness, fatness and an oily texture but very little acidity. Roussanne provides tension, finesse and deep aromatics.

 

About the vintage

 

2018 was an outstanding vintage for white Rhônes, both in terms of quality and quantity. Summer temperatures were extremely high so, careful vineyard and cellar management were essential to produce wines with good acidity. For those, like Pichon, the Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane grapes had excellent concentration and ample freshness.

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté

Christophe Pichon

The Pichon family is a growing force in the Northern Rhône region. Christophe and Isabelle continue to steer the 23 hectare Domaine, but their sons, the third generation - Corentin, the principal winemaker and Alexis, who focuses on sales and marketing - are making their mark.


Based in Chavanay, the Pichons produce wines of elegance and finesse in a variety of appellations. Chemical treatment of the mostly Syrah and Viognier vineyards is kept to a bare minimum.

 

The joy of this family of eight is evident in their wines. VDLT has been visiting the Pichons for many years and is proud to include them as a foundation of the portfolio.  A few years ago, Alexis visited New York for the first time for a VDLT tasting event. We enjoyed introducing him to some of NYC’s finest, as well as taking him on a tour of Long Island wineries.

 

VDLT is the only North American source for current vintages of Pichon’s wines.